The controversy surrounding “Blurred Lines” and whether its creators (Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams) owe Marvin Gaye’s family cash money isn’t going away anytime soon. A judge shaved about $2M off the original $7.4M verdict in favor of the late singer’s family, and added 50% of future earnings from the song, too.
Reports Page Six:
U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt ruled that the copyright infringement verdict a jury reached in March should be cut from nearly $7.4 million to $5.3 million. The judge’s ruling, however, gives Gaye’s family 50 percent of the song’s future royalties.
Kronstadt’s 56-page ruling dealt with several post-trial issues, including a request by Thicke and Williams’ lawyers for a new trial. The judge rejected that motion, and also refused to issue an injunction requested by Gaye’s family that would have temporarily blocked sales and performance of “Blurred Lines.”
The jury in March sided with Gaye’s family, who contended “Blurred Lines” copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.”
Thicke and Williams’ lawyers are still reviewing the latest verdict. Don’t expect their side to start opening their wallets soon, though.